West Point Elementary School (WPES), a DoDEA 21st century learning environment, opened in spring of 2020. WPES serves approximately 500 students in Grades PreK-5 who live in military housing on West Point. At WPES, staff and students work collaboratively to master DoDEA College and Career Ready standards in all areas of the elementary school curriculum.
Each grade level are located across the 5 neighborhoods (Deer, Bear, Raccoon, Turtle, and Owl) that houses studio spaces and a central hub where all members of the neighborhood work together. Every teacher in the neighborhood shares the responsibility for meeting the needs of every student. The 21st Century Building provides flexible uses of space to meet the needs of students and individual programs. Also, the flexible spaces include one-on-one rooms, conference rooms, common areas, Information Center which houses an interactive board that displays the Hudson Valley, a television production room with green screen that our very own WPES Bulldogs do morning broadcast recordings, a STEAM Lab that promotes science, technology, engineering, art, and math, and a music room that . Students are able to witness how the mechanical room looks through windows in the hallway, which helps with promoting STEAM. The WPES master schedule provides learning opportunities using problem-based learning with integrated curriculum. Each student engages in thirty minutes of daily focused intervention time where the teacher implements data driven activities to enrich and support academic achievement. Our special education and support staff support the classroom teachers and students through individualized programs, co-teaching, and collaborative planning and teaching.
WPES maximizes every opportunity to build strong school/home/community partnerships. We have an active PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization) who provides support to all students and programs. Each year, they host several special events to support the school and community. Due to the COVID restrictions, events have been modified, but the PTO continues to collaborate on community events that meet the base and DoDEA COVID guidelines. Our partnership with the PTO is an invaluable asset to our community. We are grateful for all the support and collaborative opportunities that have provided our WPES Bulldogs with amazing experiences.
We look forward to a great year together and remember West Point Equals Success!
Angelo M. Barcinas, Ph.D.
Principal, West Point Elementary School